BAILEY, Colo. — An 8-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion Wednesday night in Bailey.
The attack happened around 7:30 p.m. in the Burland subdivision off County Road 72.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said two brothers were playing outside on a trampoline when one of them heard his friend calling from a neighboring house. He ran to visit the friend, and while he was running, the mountain lion attacked and bit him on the head, according to Parks and Wildlife.
The boy’s brother ran inside the house and told their father something didn’t sound right, according to Parks and Wildlife. The father ran outside and found the mountain lion on top of his son. As the father approached, the mountain lion let go and took off running, according to Parks and Wildlife. Someone then called 911, and the boy was taken to the hospital.
The boy sustained serious injuries in the attack, according to Platte Canyon Fire. He remained in the hospital overnight.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers set a trap and used a team of three dogs to search the area after the attack. The dogs searched for about two hours, but could not pick up the mountain lion’s scent.
Parks and Wildlife said they “will be making every effort to locate the mountain lion from this attack on Thursday to ensure the safety of the public.” Depending on what they find Thursday morning, they may bring in another pack of dogs to help in the search.
Parks and Wildlife said by policy, any animal that attacks and injures a human must be put down.
Parks and Wildlife said 22 people have been attacked by mountain lions in Colorado since 1990. Three of them have been fatal.
This is the third mountain lion attack in Colorado this year. The first was February 4 at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. The second was August 10 northeast of Kremmling. The victims in those attacks were both adult men.
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